Candied Molasses Bacon + The Bacon Alarm Clock

Candied molasses bacon

Bacon is an occasional treat at home and something that my kids love. They associate it with leisurely summer weekends up at our cottage when my twin brother, Timothy, is visiting. Timothy loves bacon and we can buy excellent local bacon at the country store just up the road.

My kids are so crazy about bacon that sometimes I set the “bacon alarm clock” on school days…

I lay a few slices of bacon in a fry pan, turn on the heat and go wake them. I tell them that bacon is frying and if they’d like it for breakfast they need to get out of bed and look after the cooking of it.

Works like a charm.

Candied molasses baconThis bacon recipe is a special treat. It’s candied with brown sugar and molasses and gets some spicy heat from Dijon mustard and black pepper. It’s baked in the oven as well so you don’t have a pan to mind.

Serve for breakfast with eggs or break into pieces and sprinkle over a salad or roasted Brussels Sprouts.

Crispy Candied Molasses Bacon

Adapted from Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

  • 1 lb. thick-cut bacon*
  • 2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper or Cayenne pepper

*Double the molasses rub recipe if you’re using regular bacon.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F, line a baking sheet with parchment or foil and lay a cooling rack on top.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine molasses, sugar, mustard, salt and pepper. Using your hands toss the bacon around in the molasses mixture, making sure it’s reasonably coated on both sides.  (The mixture is thick so I found it easier to use my hands.)
  3. Lay the bacon on the rack and bake for 20-30 minutes, flipping half way through.
  4. Keep an eye on it. Depending on the thickness it may not take too long to be cooked to your liking.

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9 thoughts on “Candied Molasses Bacon + The Bacon Alarm Clock

  1. Liette Hey says:

    I’ve enjoyed Crosby’s Molasses all my life !

  2. Laurie says:

    Would love more recipes using molasses. I always have some in my cupboard, but it seems I only use it for a couple of things. Would the recipe for the bacon change if I sliced it thicker, from a slab?

    1. Hi Laurie, I bet the bacon recipe would taste even better with fresh cut, thick bacon. This recipe should still coat a pound of bacon.

  3. Sheila Hill says:

    I love Crosby’s molasses

  4. Sheila Hill says:

    I love Crosby’s molasses

    1. Thank You, Sheila!

  5. Sheila Hill says:

    I love Crosby’s molasses

  6. Joan Chipman says:

    Hi Bridget. You know that I love molasses, especially with the heel of home made bread, and bacon.
    Yep special treat, baking the bacon.
    Except, I have found that starting to cook bacon I get better result if I begin in a cold oven. This give the bacon time to start cooking before the molasses starts getting candied. And I usually add a little grated ginger, or cardamom, well just ’cause I like the spicy taste.
    And, don’t use a baking sheet, without any rims, unless you make sure the foil you have used with collect the grease as the bacon cooks. Really not fun having the bacon grease all over your over. It might make a person never want to bake their bacon again. The really worse part of baking a lot of candied bacon is that it tastes so good, it is difficult not to taste too much.

    1. Lynn Purdy says:

      Joan, Thanks for the tips on cooking bacon in the oven. I know from personal experience that the combination of bacon grease and molasses is no fun to clean from the bottom of the oven. Keep enjoying molasses.

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